Special Issue "Energy-Saving Approaches in Non-Residential Buildings"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Domenico Curto
Guest Editor
Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy
Interests: HVAC; energy efficiency; energy saving in final users; sea wave; renewable energy
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Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Franzitta
Guest Editor
Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy
Interests: HVAC, Energy Efficiency, Energy saving in final users, Sea wave, Renewable energy
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Prof. Dr. Francesca Romana D'Ambrosio
Guest Editor
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Salerno, Palermo, Italy
Interests: HVAC, Indoor comfort, Energy saving in final users, NZEB
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We want to invite you to submit your latest research to this Special Issue on “Energy-Saving Approaches in Non-Residential Buildings”.

As is well known, the building sector is one of the most energy-consuming sectors in developed countries. It accounts for 40% of the total energy consumption of the EU member states, and 36% of their CO2 emissions. Furthermore, about 35% of buildings in the EU are over 50 years old.

To achieve the international targets on the limitation of CO2 emissions, new solutions and strategies should be implemented. In the literature, residential buildings are usually considered as case studies because of their large spread on the territory and consequently the required energy demand.

In this Issue, attention is focused on non-residential buildings or large buildings, because they are usually characterized by a high and more regular energy demand. Consequently, each retrofit solution can potentially produce high benefits for the environment.

The following topics are suggested:

  • Proposal of new technologies to reduce the energy demand;
  • Optimization of load profiles for lighting and HVAC plants;
  • Case studies on COVID-related changes to the management of ventilation plants;
  • Economic analyses on retrofit solutions;
  • Integration of renewable energy sources;
  • Adoption of new materials.

Dr. Domenico Curto
Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Franzitta
Prof. Dr. Francesca Romana D'Ambrosio
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Large buildings
  • non-residential buildings
  • energy saving
  • HVAC
  • retrofit solutions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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